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Published on February 22nd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Benedict’s Craig Bowen Receives Trail Blazer Honor From African American Golfers Hall of Fame

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Benedict College head men’s and women’s golf coach Craig Bowen has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Trail Blazer Award from the African American Golfers Hall of Fame (AAGHOF).

Bowen will receive his award at the 10th Annual African American Golfers Hall of Fame Conference, Golf Tournaments, Reception, Dinner, Auction & Awards Celebration and the Fourth Annual African American Collegiate & Youth Golfers Hall of Fame Celebration during the period May 22-26, 2014 in West Palm Beach.

Bowen was selected “Because of your exemplified golf teaching skills, love for the game of golf, integrity, dedication to growing the game of golf and especially your many years of corporate involvement in the golf industry,” according to the AAGHOF.

“This is a true honor to be recognized as a “Trailblazer” in the world of golf,” Bowen said. “My time in the game has not been easy; however it has been worth all the effort. There are many people who have shown me the right way to do things in the game and for that I am most appreciative.”

Bowen is in his third year as head golf coach for the Tigers. He helped guide the men’s team to a second-place finish in the 2012 SIAC Tournament and fifth-place finish in the 2012 PGA Minority Golf Championship.

Bowen was honored in the fall when he was selected one of the 2013 Outstanding Leaders in Golf by the African American Golfer’s Digest.

Bowen, a native of Homewood, Illinois, is a 30-year veteran of the golf industry, working as a promotions manager at Titleist and Footjoy. He also served as Associate Producer for the documentary “Uneven Fairways”, the story of African-American golfers, produced by Moxie Pictures and featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Tiger Woods. Bowen also worked as chief researcher for the book “Uneven Lies”, a book on African-American golf history written by Pete McDaniel.

Bowen has also served as Executive Director of the National Minority College Golf Scholarship Fund, as well as an instructor at the PGA Tour Academy located in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

He is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., where he was a member of the two-time conference championship golf team.

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